Ascent of Polvadera Mountain on 2019-11-10

Climber: Alexander OConnor

Date:Sunday, November 10, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Polvadera Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:7292 ft / 2222 m

Ascent Trip Report

If you ever try to Google Maps this mountain it'll have you go all the way around the west side. While I'm sure it is possible to summit from the West, I personally believe it is more reasonable to approach from the East.

Exit I25 at Lemitar and took an immediate right (north) on I25 Frontage Road. There'll be a green gate with a yellow BLM sign on your left and a dirt road beyond that going west. Open (and close when through) the gate and take the road. Take a right along the dirt road that follows the power lines. There's another fence/gate composed of barbed wire. The wire on the top right side is removable. Use that to open the gate (and close it when through). Follow the dirt road towards the FCC tower. Finding a place to park your vehicle before or after that point should be relatively easy.

I suggest you simply follow the canyon beyond the "end of the dirt road" until you see a BLM unmaintained dirt (and rocky) road. Walk along that road. It'll eventually kinda disappear when you get closer to the higher sections, but there's some cairn work (one in the shape of an arrow) to help guide you along the way. There'll be a saddle that will bridge the gap where the canyon (significantly deeper at this point on both sides of the saddle) ends. Hike across it. There'll be what looks almost like a trail along a segment on this higher portion that fades here and there. That along with cairns and some ribbon work should provide you a general sense of direction. Eventually it all kinda just goes away. At that point we banked a hard left south and took the steep ascent to the summit.

At the summit there'll be a couple registries. The newest one is in a plastic tubing. It was damaged and cracked where the top screws on so i wrapped that part with Rite in the Rain paper and medical tape to mitigate water getting in should it rain. There's a few other neat things up there, but you shall see for yourself upon your climb. ;)

I found 2 survey markers. The view is great and better than i anticipated! I found this particular hike more rewarding and a lot more fun than i expected! A fun experience for sure!

As usual, leave no trace, respect the land, and stay wild!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes

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